Commitments From The Remote Worker

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In the new business reality of remote work or telework, every employee must take ownership to ensure that their remote work environments are conducive to completing excellent work. Remote work can be beneficial to companies and employees, as it provides workplace flexibility for the employee and growth opportunities for the company. In this partnership relationship, it is critical for the employee to embrace an attitude of excellence as they seek to make commitments to the organization about how they will perform as an employee working remotely.

Business leaders and CEOs desire to hear and see an attitude of employee engagement from each employee, and that is even more the case when an employee is working in a remote location. The following statements are helpful for an employee to gain trust and respect from their supervisors and their teams when working apart from the office setting. …


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Just as businesses can get stuck at a certain level of performance, leaders can get stuck at a certain level when faced with difficult decisions or choices. Leaders who wish to lead well should consider if they are stuck at a current level of performance and what needs to be done to move both themselves and the organization forward. Every leader can become stuck in their leadership.

It is wise to be determined, but every leader must guard against becoming stubborn in the areas where they are stuck. Many decisions or actions can cause a leader to become stuck. Leaders will get stuck at a level of performance when they refuse to get outside of their comfort zone, or they become too comfortable with decisions and situations that they know that is not good for their organization but feel as if they are good enough that they don’t need to make a change. It is not the mistakes that hold leaders and companies back, but instead, those areas where the leader is afraid to make a change that they know is necessary but often don’t make in a timely manner. …


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In times of crisis or difficulties in the economy, the need for a good brand is more important than ever. Good brands stand firm in times of a crisis. How companies respond during a crisis will often determine how customers feel about the brand after a crisis occurs. Time of crisis and difficulty can often be the best time to develop or enhance an organization’s brand.

The brand of a company should communicate the company’s value and commitment that the company has to the customer. There is no better time to communicate to the customer then in difficult and hard market times. Small companies or brands sometimes do a poor job of expressing who they are and what they are trying to do for their customers. The small company often thinks that they are close enough to the customer that they don’t have to communicate that value proposition through their brand. …


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The time that a leader spends with their team is the most crucial time that happens in an organization. The information discussed in the meetings and the decisions made in them have far-reaching impacts for both the employees and the organization. Wise leaders enhance their leadership by mastering both one-on-one meetings and team meetings.

Unfortunately, many businesses have unproductive and unsuccessful meetings. A meeting that lacks purpose and is poorly run becomes a distraction and an unempowering event; on the other hand, a productive meeting can lead to breakthroughs.

Every business and organization conducts some form of meetings. However, does your organization have the right meetings at the right times? Too many leaders treat every meeting the same, but in reality, there are at least five different types of meetings that every organization needs to regularly hold and that the CEO needs to master. …


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Customer loyalty is an essential competitive advantage that is necessary to stand out in a competitive marketplace. However, many companies and business leaders are focused more on attracting new customers rather than working to retain the customer that they have already acquired. For example, a company will release special pricing to gain and attract a new customer, but very seldom will offer specials to customers who have been using their products or service for some time.

A retained customer can translate into a profitable and personal competitive advantage for a business. Retained customers are more likely to have opportunities to interact with the values of the leader and the principles embodied by and through the people in the company. Additionally, a loyal customer will have opportunities to recommend a company and potentially increase the profitability of the company through word-of-mouth marketing. …


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Words have power. Jesus understood the power of words. The words that He spoke in his sermons, daily interactions and parables are still recalled thousands of years after His death and resurrection.

1. With power

Jesus was different. He acted differently than the other religious leaders of the day. Jesus also communicated differently, speaking and teaching with passion. As Matthew 7:29 says of His communication style: “He taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.”

Note the phrase “one who had authority.” Jesus taught with grace and compassion, but also with conviction and belief. He had a different kind of authenticity because of the power shown through His values and His vision about what He knew was in the best interest of His disciples. …


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Leaders like having plenty of options when deciding on paths to take in business. Although options are beneficial when considering choices to make, slowing down the process of decision making can sabotage business success. Why? It creates confusion.

It is far better for a leader to reach a “yes” or “no” decision than to fall into the trap of waiting. Waiting can cause business leaders to become indecisive. This is especially harmful if a leader wants to encourage their team members to make decisions rather than let decisions only happen under their watch.

I highly recommend that leaders be wary of waiting if they hope to effectively lead an organization. Here is why waiting is often the wrong choice. …


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Nothing can be harder on a CEO than when the company isn’t producing the results that were expected and anticipated. Companies, just like individuals, have good days and bad days. Sometimes, those bad days can go on for weeks or even months. For companies, a lengthy series of bad days is often associated with weak profits, lower sales, higher expenses, customer disloyalty or unexpected employee turnover.

In such situations, CEOs are wise to have a turnaround playbook that can help them get the company back on track. I’ve worked with several companies and CEOs during this process, and I’ve seen firsthand how a CEO who has a smart strategy for turning company around — and the passion to do so — can lead people to make the necessary changes. …


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Leaders and managers are often challenged when dealing with those who’ve just entered the corporate world. I work with CEOs who lead various sizes of businesses, and many of them have reported such struggles. One of the challenges I hear about often is how to help these new workers learn how to integrate successfully into the corporate culture.

This integration can especially be difficult for new employees who may not have learned professional relationship skills yet. Such employees may not immediately understand the social norms of an organization or corporate culture. They don’t always know how to fit in or professionally respond to their co-workers. …


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Effective communication is essential for every leader to lead well. Many leaders and CEOs never understand the power of communicating the right message in the right way. In business, as in life, communication is at the heart of relationships, growth, and results. Words can be swords or shields, and the words we use can unite or divide us. Leaders especially need to communicate effectively to bring out the best in their teams and organizations.

Diana Peterson-More recently addressed this topic in her newest book, “Consequential Communication in Turbulent Times, A Practical Guide to Leadership.” Diana has developed actionable, easy-to-implement, and practical steps to successful communication, which is the key to getting what we want from ourselves and others. …

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ken gosnell

I am the founder and chief experience officer of CEO Experience (CXP). CXP partners with CEOs and business leaders to help them hear the words Well Done!

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